There’s been a new wrinkle in the lawsuit against Hunter Biden for child support of his new son. The judge in the case just recused himself just hours after an attempt by ‘defrauded investor’ Joel Caplan, attempted to be made a party in the case, by filing a witness statement from ex-Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
According to documents obtained by The Daily Mail:
Judge Don McSpadden, of Independence County, didn’t give an explanation when he announced he was recusing himself at 10.20am.
He had been presiding over the case since Hunter’s stripper baby mama Lunden Roberts, 28, filed suit in May for child support for their 16-month-old child. She has been demanding that Hunter hand over his financial records from the past five years.
McSpadden’s recusal came two hours after ‘defrauded investor’ Joel Caplan, who wants to be made a party in the case, filed a witness statement from ex-Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
Shokin claimed he was fired in 2016 because he was leading an investigation into Burisma and refused to shut it down, despite pressure from Hunter’s father, then-VP Joe Biden.
Hunter’s finances are currently in the spotlight over his former position at the Ukrainian energy company, which has been at the center of Hunter’s entanglement in President Trump‘s impeachment.
Trump’s impeachment was sparked by his phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, where he asked Zelensky to meet with Rudy Giuliani and US AG William Barr over claims Joe lobbied for Shokin’s dismissal because of his investigation into Burisma, in an alleged attempt to protect Hunter from any possible prosecution.
This led to a whistleblower complaint from an officer within the CIA, and eventually led to Trump’s impeachment in December.
Shokin’s witness statement from September 14 was made at the request of Dmitry Firtash’s lawyers for use in legal proceedings in Austria, according to court papers.
Firtash, a Ukrainian gas oligarch and ally of Vladimir Putin, is wanted by America’s FBI on bribery and corruption charges.
Shokin says Firtash publicly stated he would return to Ukraine and launch a modernization plan for the country, however, ‘US Vice President Joe Biden… took steps aimed at preventing Firtash’s return to the Ukraine.’
He added: ‘They resorted to extreme and desperate measures to do this.